Frozen Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome: How Unexpressed Trauma Impacts the Entire Family
Instructor: Carla Wills-Brandon
Sunday June 24th 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Remember watching war movies as a kid? The music, battles and of course those dangerous rescues. The infatuation with being a hero has crossed every young individual’s mind, but never has such glory been played out as in a Hollywood war script. This continues to be the image young people can have when walking up to a recruiting office. Sadly, such fantasies rarely compare to the truth. In reality since 2002, 118,829 veterans deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with PTSD. As of January 10, 2014, it’s cost the government an average of $8,300 to treat each veteran suffering from PTSD for only one year. This adds up to 85.9 million dollars spent on veterans during the first year of treatment for a recent diagnosis of PTSD. (https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/health/ptsd-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-statistics-veterans/) Does this also impact families? Of course. Secondary PTSD impacts spouses, partners, children and more. Living with the ghosts of war, either first hand or in by way of other veterans can create a host of grief issues. Suicides, survivor’s guilt, death phobia and feeling spiritually bankrupt can plague a sufferer. The path for healing takes time. Burying this won’t make the sounds, scene, smells, losses or grief dissipate. Whether young or old, eventually a vet needs an ear, but if we are that ear, how do we respond?